The Territorial Enterprise [Virginia City, Nevada]

“The San Francisco Letter” Before Samuel Clemens became the celebrated author Mark Twain (1835-1910) he had been a reporter. Clemens left Missouri for the Far West early in the Civil War to escape military service, and, after failing to strike it rich as a miner, turned to journalism to make ends meet. This link includes three stories; please concentrate on the third, “The Spirit of the Local Press,” and think about what it says about the life of the reporter. Go here to view article

 

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